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New Hampshire reluctant to join Northeast climate, energy initiatives

POLICY: New Hampshire is an outlier in the Northeast on climate change as Gov. Chris Sununu is reluctant to promote clean energy or join regional efforts to reduce emissions from power plants and transportation. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont expresses hesitation over a regional transportation emissions pact after a proposal emerges to increase the gasoline tax. (CT Post)

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PIPELINES:
Compressor station opponents in Massachusetts hope an appeals court ruling against a similar facility in Virginia could serve as a model against their local project. (Patriot Ledger)
Federal regulators approve about 19 miles of pipelines to bring natural gas to four shoreline counties in Maryland and Delaware. (news release)
Lawmakers from New Jersey and Delaware introduce federal legislation to upgrade natural gas infrastructure to combat methane leaks from natural gas distribution pipelines. (news release)

OFFSHORE WIND: New York creates an offshore wind training center on Long Island to prepare up to 2,500 workers over five years for the fledgling industry. (Newsday)

CLIMATE: A New Jersey city is drafting a climate action plan and seeks public input. (NJ.com)

SOLAR:
A new net metering plan in New Hampshire sets up a clash over the issue for the third consecutive year. (NHPR)
Construction will soon start on a solar array at a 20-acre capped landfill in shoreline Connecticut. (zip06.com)

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STORAGE: A study group commissioned by the Maine legislature says the state needs to deploy 100 MW of energy storage, about seven times what is now planned, to help meet its energy goals. (Mainebiz)

COMMENTARY:
• Health advocates say the switch to clean energy benefits the climate but will also fight the two leading causes of death in New Jersey, cancer and heart disease. (NJ.com)
• Environmentalists form the Equitable and Just Climate Platform to address the vulnerability of disadvantaged communities on the front lines of climate change. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• A former utility regulator from Massachusetts says a proposal to convert all of New Hampshire’s heating requirements to heat pumps would be inefficient, costly and could lead to even higher carbon emissions. (Concord Monitor)

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